Spikey’s Journey – An exploration box

A science toolkit designed to teach children about environmental science. Using the hedgehog as the principal character, the toolkit takes First and Second Class pupils on an explorative journey using storytelling, hands-on activities and games to learn about four key topics in environmental science. The primary aim of the toolkit is to promote active learning based on observation and experimentation.

Launched during Science Week 2018 at Scoil Iosef Naofa, Oranmore, the free educational toolkit “Spikey’s journey: an exploration box” is the culmination of In Edu, a two year-long European project developed in Ireland by NUI Galway, Cell EXPLORERS, Toodlelou and ProActivate Ireland.

How do you get a box?

“Spikey’s journey” boxes will be distributed to requesting teachers by the following Education Centres: Galway, Donegal, Dublin West, Wexford, Monaghan, Navan, Tralee and Clare, from January 2019.

There is a limited number boxes available for distribution, if you contact Lindsay at A maximum of one box will be sent per school. However, the box is not essential to engage in Spikey’s journey. See below how to get started with the journey without a box.

How to use Spikey’s Journey Exploration activities without the physical box?

You can still use the toolkit as all educational material is available online, including The Story of Spikey’s journey at The box only contains the kamishibai, which enhances the story telling aspect of Spikey’s journey and a guide for teacher.

​To get started with using Spikey’s Journey without the physical box, teachers should:

–  download the Guide for Teacher here . It describes what the box is about.

– download the educational material  on

– download the illustrations of Spikey’s Journey to support the story telling of Spikey.

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